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Support SADC

Scroll down to explore the many programs at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center,

where your generous contribution can help build and support a vital and
inclusive community for movers of all ages and styles.

Where it's needed most

Donations that can go where we need resources the most help us remain responsive and nimble in serving the community through dance. Your unrestricted gift will give Shawl-Anderson Dance Center the ability to address immediate and long-term goals that strengthen programs, improve our facility and support staff and artists. We thank you for your belief in the power of dance to transform lives and support individual and collective growth.




The May O'Donnell Scholarship Fund is named for Frank Shawl and Victor Anderson's mentor. She believed that dance is learned best in a supportive community. The fund invites youth families at all levels of need to apply for scholarship support each semester.





The Victor Anderson Scholarship Fund is awarded in memory of Victor Anderson. The fund supports intensive dance training for youth who exemplify Victor's values in dance: hard work, curiosity and community. One scholarship of $1,000 is announced each June. Visit the tribute page to learn more about Victor and his legacy.




The Stephanie Jacob Adult Scholarship Fund is supported in part through a generous annual gift from Ms. Jacob's family and in part through individual donations. Your contribution will augment this support and allow more adults ages 18 through seniors to follow their desire to train and learn at SADC.




One of the ways we ensure the future of dance in the East Bay is through our Artists in Residence (AIR) program, which provide free space for choreographers and companies to create and rehearse in addition to monetary honorariums. Residencies are a critical tool for choreographers, who spend countless hours in the studio creating, designing and revising the art that is eventually witnessed by the public in performances. With grants dwindling and space difficult to find, artists are increasingly looking to community hubs like Shawl-Anderson for support.


The Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble (SAYE) is a pre-professional modern dance program for ages 14-18. This program is for the dedicated modern dance student who has completed the intermediate or advanced level at SADC or a comparable program, and is interested in learning and performing new choreography. As a participant in SAYE, students have the opportunity to perform in the works of Bay Area choreographers at local festivals, see live dance performances, and take master classes with world class teachers. Students are selected based on level and age via auditions each May.

Other Ways

Other Ways to Help



There are so many ways to help keep dance vibrant and alive in the East Bay:

  • donate stock

  • make a bequest

  • volunteer time at events and performances

  • direct your donation to the Dance Up Close/East Bay series

  • donate an item or gift for our annual auction

  • donate in-kind items needed at SADC

  • inquire about board and advisory board service

Contact Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director


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